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EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

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EARSC 4 Pillars


Representing the Members

The core pillar of our activities is to support and promote our members. We achieve this goal mainly through projects which we undertake (see projects). Members’ views are gathered through a series of ad-hoc working groups dedicated to important topics. We inform our members through a monthly report and a dedicated portal about important news and information, as announced bid opportunities – and dedicated e-mails for key items.

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Market development & Internationalization

EARSC is engaged in a wide range of activities to develop new markets and business opportunities for our members. Our strategy is to engage users, identify needs and stimulate demand for European EO services both in Europe and abroad with complementary commercial and geographical approaches.

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Promoting the industry

EARSC employs a range of sophisticated digital tools to promote the European EO sector. EARSC has three main digital tools which cover creating a shared vocabulary (EARSC TAXONOMY) , providing a common space to find EO companies, and a common space to discover ‘online’ EO services.

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Showing the value of Earth Observation

The Earth observation sector delivers a wide range of social and environmental and economic benefits to citizens of Europe and the world. To properly and consistently value these impacts, EARSC leads the Sentinel Benefits Study (SeBS) project in which we measure the total societal impact of products and services coming from Sentinel satellite data.

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China To Launch New Series Of Oceanic Survey Satellites

China's State Council has endorsed plans to launch the second-generation of the country's oceanic survey satellites, the state's top ocean research official said on Thursday. (Source Spacedaily)

The OGC Seeks Participants for Ocean Science Interoperability Experiment

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) launched an Interoperability Experiment on ocean science interoperability on January 29, 2007. The initiators of the experiment seek participation by other organizations interested in interoperability among information systems used in ocean research. (Source Spatialnews)

Canada And US Launch Satellite Mapping Project Of North America

Canada and the United States have launched a satellite mapping project of North America to better monitor biodiversity and climate change in the region, Natural Resources Canada said Wednesday. (Source Ahence France-Presse)

Satellite Data Vital To UN Climate Findings

The most authoritative report on climate change to date will be released tomorrow in Paris, France, and is expected to warn of rising global sea levels and temperatures. (Source ESA)

First Thai Observation Satellite To Be Orbited In October

Thailand is doing the final preparations for the launch of its first earth observation satellite called THEOS into orbit in October, Thai Science and Technology Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong said Friday. The THEOS project is expected to be completed in August or September and be launched into orbit in October as scheduled, the minister was quoted by Thai News Agency as saying. (Source Spacemart)

ESA Earthnet Online – EO Applications Directory completely renewed

SAís Earthnet Online Web Team announces the complete renewal of the Earth Observation (EO) Applications Directory. For each of eight main Fields of Application, latest Projects, related Documentation, past and future Workshops, applicable Data Products and more can be found. Earthnet Online is the European Space Agency’s web portal for scientific information related to Earth

Best Practice makes Perfect with OpenGeospatial Standards

British Geological Survey Offices, Nottingham, UK - Following the recent successful UK Geospatial Mash-Up meeting, the Association For Geographic Information (AGI), The British Computer Society (BCS) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have teamed up again to promote and discuss the 'business case' for using open geospatial standards. (Source Spatialnews)

Japanese Government Initiates Space-Borne Hyperspectral Payload Program

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) recently announced the initiation of a 5-year program for the research and development of a next-generation Earth observation satellite payload with hyperspectral capabilities. (Source Spacenewsfeed)

GMES fast track service on land monitoring

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a call for tenders for a GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) fast track service on land monitoring - high-resolution core land cover data for built-up areas, including degree of soil sealing, 2006. (Source Cordis)

Satellite gap alarms Earth scientists

The U.S. satellite system that monitors Earth??s environment and climate needs an urgent upgrade or scientists will lose much of their ability to predict events like hurricanes, according to a report released by the National Research Council.(Source MSNBC)

OGC and GITA Emerging Technology Summit IV

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is pleased to announce that the association is partnering with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Wayland, MA, to organize the next in a series of Emerging Technology Summits (ETS IV) focusing on information system interoperability standards, such as Building Information Models (BIM). The event is slated for March 21-23, 2007, in Washington, D.C. (Source Spatialnews)

OGC Joins W3C to Help Add Geospatial to the Web

The Open Geospatial Consortium� (OGC) recently became a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C, a standards organization that develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. (Source Spatialnews)

US Climate Satellites Imperiled By Low Federal Funding Say EO Scientists

Scientists concerned that Earth is threatened by global warming have a further worry: the US satellites tracking climate change are threatened by poor funding. (Source Spacemart)

Interview Winter 2006/2007

Mr. Valère Moutarlier, head of the EC-GMES Bureau

Cartosat-2 Camera Tested

Bangalore, India (SPX) Jan 15, 2007
The Panchromatic camera (PAN) on board ISRO's latest remote sensing satellite, Cartosat-2, was switched on at 10.05 am IST today (January 12, 2007) through a series of commands issued from the Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore. (Source Spacemart)

Radar satellite service checks stability of Africa's largest artificial hole

International engineering firm AMEC is working with ESA to improve monitoring of ground subsidence linked to mining activity. Radar satellites in orbit 800 kilometres away can reveal millimetre-scale elevation shifts across wide areas of land.The largest man-made hole in Africa is located 360 kilometres north-east of South African capital, Pretoria. The Palabora copper mine was



New Job Opportunity at GAF AG Munich – “Project Manager Earth Observation & Copernicus LCLU downstream Services”

GAF AG is an internationally successfully operating company for cross-platform EO-based geoinformation solutions and for the development of innovative GIS and database applications. In addition to the reception and distribution of geodata, GAF holds a leading position in the areas of data refinement and geoconsulting due to its many years of expertise. With an international and

EARSC Board of Directors Election – Apply to Become One of the EARSC Directors 2024!

According to the Article 11 of the EARSC Statutes, the Board of Directors shall be renewed during the Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held in Brussels on June 13, 2024, during EXPANDEO 2024. The 9 Directors will be elected this year for a term of 2 years. The election is an opportunity for EARSC Full members to be involved in the

European cooperation on satellite mapping: The Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP join efforts in mapping the shallow waters of Denmark.

Nørresundby (DK) / Seefeld (D) – By using Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB), the Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP are joining forces to contribute to the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Bathymetry partnership, and to integrate the SDB data into the Danish Depth Model (DDM) “Finding new ways to map shallow waters, where we only have very

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